A few little nuggets for you:
• Of J.D. Drew’s 20 home runs, 15 have been solo shots. That sound you just heard was 2,500 people in offices slapping their desks and saying, “I knew it!”
• Manny Ramirez faces his old friends the Red Sox again tonight. He is a robust 15 of 62 (.242) with one home run and two RBIs in 21 games since joining Chicago. The White Sox are 9-12 in the games he has played in. That’s a sweet return on $3.8 million.
• Adrian Beltre is 2 for 24 since spraining his left wrist. He has one RBI in the last seven games. Beltre has 625 plate appearances. He needs 15 more for his 2011 player option to increase to $10 million. He won’t pick up that option, however.
• The Red Sox are 5-11 in extra innings, 2-8 on the road.
• In 20 appearances this month, Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard have allowed 15 runs on 27 hits and 10 walks over 20.1 innings. It’s probably time to shut them down for a few days, if not for the rest of the season. The last thing Bard needs is more work.
• Of the 155 games the Sox played, 82 have been decided by one or two runs. The Sox are 41-41 in those games.
• Ron Gardenhire deserves to win AL Manager of the Year. But Terry Francona should get some votes. If the Sox go 4-3 the rest of the way, they’ll win 90 games. Meanwhile, of the 36 players on the active roster right now, roughly 24 of them could walk down Yawkey Way on game day and people who have no idea who they were.